Jan 26 2011
After much hard work eventually it all comes together. You fire it up in a web browser, say, FireFox, and it looks great! Then, just to be safe you take a look at it in Internet Explorer. Half the graphics are out of place, the forms don’t work, and it has any number of mind boggling browser compatibility issues. The woes of cross browser design are the source of much headache for web developers.
Imagine having to design a web page that displays correctly on thousands of different screens. This is what mobile development is like. Translating your web page so it displays gracefully across all the smart phones out there is a herculean endeavor. In reality what you end up doing is designing for all the major contenders and calling it a day. Most web dev teams don’t have the budget to convert their site across multiple devices. As a result there are many tools that you can use that create mobile apps for you. These tools are great in that they display correctly across the myriad of available smart phones. The drawback is that their prefabricated nature usually limits what you can actually do with them.
Now there’s a way for developers to build mobile apps the way they always have, using the same skills they used to build their websites. Then it’s translated, transcribed- whatever you want to call it, so it appears correctly on all mobile devices. This can be done with Mobilastic.
Mobilastic isn’t your mobile web app builder for newbies. You have to know what you’re doing. This includes all the development skills listed above. It uses a templating system dear to our hearts- that which is provided by Django. After learning the rest of web development it’s not hard to pick it up. The code is entered directly into Mobi’s online interface. By default your content is served to a Mobilastic URL. Once all the kinks are worked out you can set it up to serve through your own domain.
Currently Mobilastic is in beta invite only. We were able to get one of these prized invites, and thus have been able to capture a screen shot of the code panel, (pictured above). Please don’t tell the Mobilastic folks that we’re stealing their thunder by putting it here. There’s a well stocked knowledge base full of resources on how to use their services. They also provide video tutorials and have a budding community center.
Mobile development is a special sector that takes a concerted effort to address. Building applications that display correctly across all platforms takes a lot of work. Mobilastic takes the hard part out of mobile development so that developers can focus on what they do best.